Monday, August 21, 2017

Tooth Fairy Week with Tinkerbell

Hello friends!  Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge. I am hosting the challenge this week and boy, oh boy did I ever mess up! We all know that the perfect Cricut Cut challenge for today SHOULD have been Sun and/or Moon.  Did I think of this back in May when we were selecting challenges for the summer?  OH, NO!

So instead of focusing on the full eclipse that will pass over my house at 2:43 pm EST today, I was all caught up in National Fairy Day! Seriously. Who even knew there was such a thing? Though to be fair, the other big names get their own day: Santa, Easter Bunny, New Year's Baby, etc. It does seem only fair that the Tooth Fairy gets a day also.  And, as that day falls this week, I chose Tooth Fairy Day over the Eclipse (I know! I am hanging my head in shame).

I used a ton of individual cuts on my custom built Fairy House shaped card: 

- Tinkerbell and Friends - For Tinkerbell, of course
- Lori Whitlock SVG - Baby Card
- Heritage - Divan
- Sentimentals - Desk
- French Manor - Chair
- Art Philosophy - Flower vase and flowers
- Sugar and Spice - Mushroom lamp
- Create A Critter - House roof and front door 
- SVG - Fairy Tale verse

I am not sure if you can see it in the photos, but created a custom pop down piece making the card open only to 90 degrees, so it appears more "room like."  The piece fold up inside the card and drops down as the card opens.

I had fun creating is this card.  I like to think that if she would like to, Tinkerbell could take a peep out her round window to see the eclipse today (only with ISO authorized eye protection, of course).  Otherwise, I think she and the other fairies will have a fabulous time celebrating Tooth Fairy Day!

We we love to have you join us at Bitten By the Bug 2 for the Tooth Fairy Challenge.  Extra bonus points for anyone who includes a sun or moon on their project (like one of my cleaver design sister did)!  Be sure and go by the BBTB2 blog and take a peek at the Fairy projects!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This Is The Life Layout

Hello paper crafting friends!  I am back today to share a layout I created using the new Close To My Heart cartridge, YOU ARE HERE.  This layout features the angelfish, tortoises, shells, waves, and title from the cartridge. This layout could work for several different scrapbooking themes - beach, cruise, or as I am planning to use it, a visit to the aquarium.  

I used papers from the Adventure Fundamentals sets, both patterned and solids.  I finished the layout with some fun sequins.

If you are still on the fence, or think this cartridge may not be for you, I hope you take another look.  There are so many wonderful cuts on the cartridge.

If you have any questions about the YOU ARE HERE cartridge, or any of the new CTMH products, please ask!


I am hopeful that many of you followed along in my Close To My Heart posts last week.  I enjoyed sharing a few of the new products and sharing my favorites from the 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Book.  

Host a Gathering:
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When you sign up as a Consultant in August and meet certain sales goals, you’ll be rewarded with your choice of one of these items FREE:
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Stamp of the Month - 
Do not forget August's Stamp of the Month - School Year! The stamp is available for $17.95, or with a $50 order, you can add the Stamp of the Month during checkout for only $5.00!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mickey Mouse Says It Is School Time

Hello friends!  Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. Michelle, my super busy, super scrappy Design Team sister, selected this week's challenge - Back To School.  Michelle's timing is perfect as local teachers report back to work this week.  In fact, my Cricut and I spent part of last week making decorations for my daughter's second grade classroom. I had so much fun crafting pirates and seashells to go with her new decor theme!

My take on the Back To School challenge is this fun Mickey Mouse clock card. I was inspired by three things in creating this card - a Mickey Mouse watch I had years ago, and lyrics from a 1970 hit song, "Mickey Mouse says it's thirteen o'clock, well that's quite a shock..." And my granddaughter's love of The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. (Avaleigh thinks this is gramma's best card ever!! lol).

I used four cartridges to create this card, as well as basic circles, Mickey and Friends, Artiste for the gear cogs, Edge to Edge for the clock face, and Gypsy Wanderings for the clock hands. The School Time phrase was cut with the font Arab Brushstroke.  

If you have children or grandchildren going back to school, I wish them a happy and productive year. I wish patience for those "get them out the door" mornings.  Ugh, I hated those rush around mornings of years ago.

I hope that you find time to join us this week in the Back To School challenge. There are so very many possibilities of things you could do with this challenge.  If you have not already done so, please drop by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the great and inspirational projects the Design Team created.  

I will be back tomorrow with another Close To My Heart project to post!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Summer Camp Scrapbook Pages

Hello friends! Are you ready for another two page layout using the Close To My Heart YOU ARE HERE cartridge? In addition to YOU ARE HERE, this layout utilizes one of my absolute favorite CTMH paper packs, Jack! I am using the Workshop Your Way Jack Kit.

How many of you have summer camp photos to scrap for your children? My kids used to go to camp for a week in the summertime and always had a selection of fun photos.  However, I know that many children spend six or eight weeks at summer camp.  A million years ago when I was a college student, I worked at a summer camp in the Poconos. We had the same children for eight weeks, and they went home with tons of photos of their camp experiences. I just hope they had scrapbooking moms!

This layout is perfect for the little guy's camp experiences. There are photo mats for Bunk mate photos and other adventures.  Every cut on these two pages came from the YOU ARE HERE cartridge.

I added some twine details to the layout - note the little knots on the small photo frames above. I also used the twine on the Happy Camper title cut on the left page.  The non-Cricut elements are from the Jack Workshop Your Way - Little Man, Brave & Strong, and Axing for Trouble!  

For a closer look at the Jack Workshop Your Way kit click HERE.   Jack also has coordinating stamps, stamps + dies, and other accessories.  

Click HERE to order your YOU ARE HERE cartridge today! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wedding/Anniversary with "You Are Here"

Hello friends!  As promised I am back today with another FAB project using the new Close To My Heart YOU ARE HERE cartridge. And guess what? Every element on this card, except the Bliss tag, was cut with YOU ARE HERE, and it is not about travel!! I told you that this cartridge has far more going on that merely travel.  

For this card I used four cuts from the cartridge to create this card: the gift package cut on the front of a square card, the Happy Couple banner, the STUNNING wedding cake, and the toasting flutes.  Toss in some amazing papers and a few sequins, and I have created a great card! At least I think it is great!  And I hope my neighbors think it is great.  They are celebrating their 60th(!!) wedding anniversary later this month and this card is for them.

I know I have repeated over and over that this card is about more than travel.  I hope this card gives you an idea of some of the potential.  I have more projects created that I intend to post to reinforce my message and to assure you that you really DO want to purchase this cartridge!

If you have any questions about the YOU ARE HERE cartridge, or any of the new CTMH products, please ask!

I will return on Thursday with another YOU ARE HERE project to share.